Sources informed Mark Hale and Joel Sherman of the New York Post late Saturday night that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is “strongly leaning” toward undergoing surgery to repair the partially torn meniscus in his right knee.
Rodriguez will arrive in Miami on Sunday to get a second opinion from Dr. Lee Kaplan, who performed a knee procedure on Yankees veteran Jorge Posada last November. The Yankees’ team doctors have already recommended that A-Rod undergoes surgery, but he wants to see if there’s another option before fully committing to going under the knife.
If the Post‘s sources are correct and Rodriguez indeed has his knee surgically-repaired, he’ll be out for a little over a month. The 35-year-old was batting .295/.366/.485 this season with 13 homers and 52 RBI through 344 plate appearances. He will be replaced at the hot corner primarily by Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.